Perfect Project: Let’s Have a Mandate!
September 30, 2005
Dear Kay, and the Tastemakers,
No, no, it’s not like a date with a man, y’all. It’s just that 328 of us agree on ANYthing. Ah, the smell of it!
My perfect project is
a sweater. 60.4% 328
a shawl. 16.2% 88
socks. 12.5% 68
a scarf. 6.8% 37
an afghan. 3.3% 18
a sweater dress. 0.7% 4
Sweater Dress Backlash
I feel rilly sorry for the sweater dress.
Julia: “I actually owned two sweater dresses in the ’80s, so it with firm conviction that I vote against the sweater dress now.”
Gina (who by the way provided a very fine link on her blog): “I am strongly opposed to knitting any garments on which I might sit. Purl imprints itself painfully and unattractively on tender hindflesh.”
Even the stalwarts who voted for the sweater dress just aren’t that committed. Amy: “OK, I voted for the sweater dress, and according to the stats, there are three others out there who agree with the fringe (oh, a sweater dress with fringe?) elements of the party. If this is a primary vote, I’ll be happy to sell my vote on the next round for consideration of needle size or buttons.”
We have a yarn, and we have a project. It would be very easy at this point to say, “Go nuts, everybody! Go make something!” But why would we stop now? Perfection is so very, tantalizingly near. The Perfect Sweater pattern may already exist. But it may very well not. Do we design the whole thing ourselves? Or do we unearth a pattern that suits everyone’s elaborate fantasies of the perfect sweater?
While we ponder that issue, as well as the question of whether the continental breakfast this morning was kind of gross, please vote now for whether you’d like the sweater to be a cardigan, a pullover, or a pattern that can be made as either a cardigan OR pullover.
Please vote by Sunday, October 2, 1:15 am CDT.
(By the way, I have started using Blogpolls here at home: “My perfect dinner is . . . a) chicken lumps. b) chicken lumps with cream corn. c) cream corn. d) Spaghetti-Os. e) Spaghetti-Os with Little Meatballs. f) air. g) nothing made by Mom.”)
Homework for the Weekend
We’ve already had a lot of input on the details of this sweater–if you look at the mind map from Wednesday, it’s a regular spiderweb of ideas. What we need now is to show each other what we’re talking about.
Your Mission: Provide a link to exactly one sweater which most closely captures your idea of the Perfect Sweater. Please explain your choice.
We’ll have a fashion show on Monday. Remember: the sweater you show does not necessarily have to have a pattern already written for it. It’s the look, dahlink, that we’re pondering.